How to Turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac easily

Do you get annoyed when you receive notifications on your Mac when you are working on something important? Whenever we are working, we don’t wish to have interruption caused by notifications. This not only decreases our productivity and speed of working but also moves our focus to less important things at once. So here in this article we will show you how to turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac and turn off your notifications easily.

Turn On Do Not Disturb on Mac

Mac has a great function which allows you to Turn off notification by enabling the Do Not Disturb Mode. By turning on the Do Not Disturb on Mac you will not hear the sound of the notifiction on your Mac nor you will see any pop up of the notification on screen. This does not mean that the notication is blocked. The notificatins are received by your Mac and collected in the notification center where you can view them anytime.

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac easily?

Follow the steps below to Turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac.

1. Click on “Notification Centre” Icon

notification center

Go to the Menu Bar located on the top-right corner of the Home Screen. Click on “Notification Centre” located on the right corner of the Menu Bar.

2. Scroll Down the Drop-down Menu

scroll down the menu

A drop down Menu will appear when you click on the Notification Centre. Scroll down the screen so that “Do Not Disturb” option is visible.

3. Enable “Do Not Disturb”

Click on the “Do Not Disturb” so that it turns Blue. This means that it is enabled.

turn on do not disturb

Note. The “Do Not Disturb” is enabled till midnight only. It gets disabled automatically after midnight.

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac quickly?

This is the quickest way to enable and disable the Do Not Disturb on Mac.

1. Go to “Menu Bar”

Go to the Menu bar located on the top right corner of the Home Screen.

2. Click on the “Notification Centre” and “Option key”

Click on the Notification centre icon located on the right side of the Menu bar and simultaneously click on any one of the Option Keys on the keyboard. As soon as you do this, the Notification Centre icon will turn Grey. This indicates that Notifications has been turned off.

press option key
notification center

Note. If you want to disable the “Do Not Disturb” mode then you can again click on the Notification Centre and the Option Key. This will disable this function quickly. You can also check your actions by opening the Notification Centre and scrolling down the drop down menu. It will show if the Do Not Disturb function is enabled or disabled.

How to Schedule Do Not Disturb on Mac?

There are a lot of ways you can customise the Do Not Disturb function. Users can set specific time of day when they do not want to receive the notifications. And it is also easy to allow incoming call notification too even if you have disabled the notifications. Below we have listed all the steps which will help you to customise and schedule Do Not Disturb on Mac.

1. Go to “Menu”

Click on the Apple icon on the top-left corner of the Menu bar on your Home Screen.

apple menu

2. Choose “System Preferences”

A drop down menu will appear. Now choose “System Preferences”.

system preferences

3. Click on “Notifications”

Click on “Notifications” from the System Preferences Panel.


4. Choose “Do Not Disturb”

The Notification window will display all the options on its left side. Choose “Do Not Disturb” from the left side of the options. It will display all the settings to the right side of the screen.

Select the Time under “Turn on Do Not Disturb” From and To. For example you do not wish to receive notifications from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM everyday. Then you can set this time.

You can also choose to allow calls or allow repeated calls by clicking on the box under ” When Do not Disturb is turned on”.

do not disturb mode


We hope you found this article useful on How to Turn On Do Not Disturb on Mac. In this article, we have listed all the detailed steps as well as shortcuts to turn off notifications on your Mac. We have also included steps to schedule Do not Disturb on your Mac. If you have any queries related to the topic above let us know in the comment section below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on our latest posts. We would also like to know your feedback if you have tried this feature and how useful you found it.

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